When Samuel Worden was 14 his life tragically changed in an instant. It devastated his family and his faith. Why would a good God allow this kind of pain? The hurt, sadness, and anger seemed like an impossible barrier between him and Jesus. But when he desperately needed a father’s love, Samuel had an encounter that changed him forever.
Kim Kidd didn’t think she needed God until she was facing a 50-year prison sentence. She couldn’t imagine spending the rest of her life in jail, so she asked God to take her life. But God had another kind of freedom in mind for Kim, including transforming her life from cocaine dealer to the first woman to receive clemency in the state of Indiana.
Stubborn, selfish, angry, adulterer. All words that Darren Mulligan uses to describe who he was as a young adult. Although he indulged every desire, he was miserable. When his girlfriend told him she had met Jesus, Darren wasn’t happy for her, he was actually angry. But her transformation was the beginning of a life-changing journey for Darren- one that would lead to him sharing the Gospel with thousands as lead singer of We Are Messengers.
How do you trust God when your dreams are shattered? Brenda Nevitt was devastated when her husband B.G. was killed in a motorcycle accident. But she knew God would get her through. She had experienced His faithfulness first-hand when she walked through an unthinkable tragedy less than a decade before. No matter what your loss, Brenda’s story will give you hope and encouragement.
For Jason Hanson being a Christian wasn’t about being transformed by God. It was more about believing he was better than other people. After pushing away doubts and questions for years, he finally told his wife Sallie he was an atheist. He began a journey to find out what was true. What he discovered changed his mind, but it would take God to change his heart.
One of Elisha Kearns greatest desires was to have a baby. Doctors told her she had a 3% chance of conceiving because of PCOS. The journey of infertility brought her to a place of desperation and leaning on God in a way she never had before. How do you wait for what God promised when your arms are empty?
Dave Butts was in the middle of writing a book about peace when he found out he had stage 4, incurable cancer. For most of us, that news would rock our world and challenge our faith. But God had been teaching Dave about the gift of peace that He wants to give every one of us- A peace that doesn’t change with our circumstances. If you ever struggle with worry or anxiety, you’ll want to hear Dave’s story.
Robert grew up in the poorest part of rural Uganda. For perspective, he got his first pair of shoes when he was 14. His father told him if he would just get a good education, then he would find a fulfilling and happy life. Miraculously, Robert made it to college, but once he was there, he realized education would not be his savior. He set out on a journey to find a higher purpose in life, and boy did he. You will love hearing this joyful, miraculous story.
When Kacy Harris found out she was expecting a child, the whole family was excited. But then they learned their baby might have Trisomy 18 and likely would not survive. Although she had been a Christian for more than 30 years, this was the first time Kacy felt God next to her, carrying her through.
Control seems like such a good thing, but God calls us to let go and let Him direct our path. For Jim Eisenmenger, that was tough, particularly when his wife felt called to something that seemed so risky. That’s when God used a Christian music festival to change Jim’s heart and loosen his grip on control.
What do you do when God calls you to let go of your dream, but hold on to Him? That was the painful place Michelle Lewis found herself. And it’s also the place where she found a hope stronger than anything she’d ever experienced.
Mark Schultz had always felt a drive to succeed. As the only adopted child in his family, it seemed to be a way to guarantee his adoptive parents would know they had picked the right kid. If he was the starting quarterback, the pitcher on the state championship team, the singer and songwriter who got standing ovations – that surely meant he was special. It wasn’t until Mark held his own adopted daughter that he finally had a revelation about God’s love for him.
If your goal in life is to be happy, what do you do when your marriage makes you unhappy? For Jaime Crosier, the answer was to move on. When Kevin and Jaime met, their life of partying together was nonstop fun. But after marriage, a child and an affair- happiness was long gone. It would take a movie and miraculous intervention to change their path toward divorce.
Kathy Garrison’s dream of a safe and simple life radically changed when God broke her heart for orphans. She thought adopting a child would be their family's big leap of faith. It turned out only to be the beginning.
For Clay Harrington, being a stutterer meant a childhood of teasing and humiliation every time he spoke in front of the class. That experience made him certain of one thing - he would never be a public speaker, and certainly not the preacher that his mother said he would become.
Long after Tina Zimmerman gave up on her father, her mother continued to pray that one day he would be saved. There was no earthly reason to believe it would happen. He was too far gone. But then God did something stunning.
From a very early age, Steven Curtis Chapman felt compelled to fix what was broken- to keep the peace, avoid conflict and make people happy. So what do you do when your family’s heartache is so deep, it can’t be fixed this side of heaven?
What if you grew up believing you were unlovable? What kind of person would you become? Many people believed Joe Buchanan would end up in prison, on drugs or dead. It would take a supernatural act of love to change his path.